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Panthers win a tough one in Charlotte

The Panthers did just enough to pull out a 28-19 victory in a tough division match-up with the Falcons today, and they did exactly what this team is built do to — they ran the football, mixed in enough short passing plays to keep the defense honest, and managed to score touchdowns on two consecutive 80 yard drives in the first half (a J-Stew run and Smitty reception, respectively).

Even though the Falcons out-gained the Panthers in total yards, first downs, and time of possession, the Panthers were able to win the two most important battles by forcing more turnovers and putting more points on the board.

The defense did well enough to keep the Falcons unbalanced for the majority of the game, even though the Falcons were able to grind out 176 yards on the ground. Luckily for the Panthers, Michael Turner left the game in the first half with an ankle injury after rushing for 111 yards on 9 carries, but backup running back Jason Snelling came in and gained 61 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.

Even though the Falcons were able to run the ball successfully, the Panthers were able to keep quarterback Matt Ryan in check, holding him to 224 passing yards and 1 touchdown, while managing to grab two interceptions. The Panthers were able to capitalize on both interceptions, scoring touchdowns on both drives after the picks (with one leading up to the final touchdown to put the game out of reach).

Jake Delhomme had a decent outing, going 15/24 for 195 yards and 2 touchdowns (giving him a quarterback rating of 115.8) — and he only had a few bad throws that luckily weren’t intercepted. Thankfully the offensive coordinator relied more on the running game against the Falcons and less on Delhomme’s arm, which is the main reason the Panthers were able to come away with a win.

Delhomme was helped by the presence of Muhsin Muhammad, who had missed the last two games due to injury, and Moose helped take some of the pressure off of Smitty and was able to reel in 6 catches for 91 yards.

DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart both had good games, with J-Stew finding the end zone twice (on runs of 1 and 45 yards, respectively — his 45 yard run was a career high for him and was the final touchdown of the game). D-Will rushed for 92 yards on 18 carries, and J-Stew rushed for 82 yards on 11 carries.

Overall, this was a solid win for the Panthers. This win puts the Panthers at 4-5 on the season, and they have a chance to get to .500 for the first time this season when they take on the Dolphins next Thursday night.

But for now, the Panthers should just soak in the sweet taste of victory.

They certainly earned it.

  1. The BEEZE
    16 November 2009 at 2:28 AM

    Nice win in a hard fought game here…Panthers looked like a team I saw last year…Called the Panthers!

  2. Rad
    16 November 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Nice win by Carolina, and finally getting some throws to Steve Smith in the end zone. Running the ball actually works, running for an entire game and not just in the 1st half has some real world benefits, I hope Wade Phillips and his staff took some notes.4-5 isn't too bad in that division. With the way the season started they have to be happy to have a shot at the playoffs at this point.

  3. LestersLegends
    16 November 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Your Panthers are a puzzling team. Will they step forward and build from this a la the Titans, or will they go back to their old ways?

  4. bwsmith25
    16 November 2009 at 4:16 PM

    Beeze — tell me about it.Rad — If they can keep playing like they did yesterday, they do have a chance. It seems like no one wants to run away with those 2 wild card spots in the NFC.Lester — I'm hoping they build off this and string together some wins. They still have a realistic shot at 10-6 and a wild card, but they have to keep playing like they did yesterday.

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